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NYS Education chief accused of doublespeak

Albany, N.Y. - The man charged with rolling out the Common Core curriculum in New York told a crowd recently his kids go to a private school that teaches Common Core.

During the Q&A portion of a public meeting in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the New York Education Commissioner John King said his kids Montessori school teaches Common Core and certain aspects of the schools teaching practices were exactly the same as Common Cores.

When King visited Rochester in August, 13WHAM asked him about Montessori.

He said, Montessori, like many non-public schools, participates in the state assessment system, but what matters is the caliber of instruction. In many ways the Montessori school has many of the instructional practices that the Common Core emphasizes, so the focus, for example, on problem solving and mathematics that you see in the Common Core is very similar to the problem solving model you see in Montessori.

Rochester parent Liz Hallmark sees a discrepancy in the two answers.

Ive been watching these videos (of the meetings) and I dont know if he understands the difference between the abstract concepts of Common Core and the implementation of Common Core theres a slip between the lip and the cup in how its being applied, Hallmark said.

Paul Hetland, Rochester Teachers Association treasurer, says King needs to provide some clarification.

He can be right, but its a very loose kind of right, Hetland said.

Kings office did not respond to requests for comment.

King is expected to return to Rochester for a public talk next Friday.

Adam Chodak, 13WHAM-TV
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